LimeCulture Announces New Project : Developing an International Training Framework for Safeguarding Officers in Sport

Professional development in safeguarding in sport can be difficult to navigate, with different sectors, models and people’s own experience shaping the response.  Internationally different legislation, and guidance – and even a lack of legislation and guidance – has led to a disjointed and fragmented response, when it is clear the issues of abuse in sport are similar world-wide.  There are examples of children, young people and adults being abused across the globe and a united, consistent and robust response will support organisations with closing the gaps, reducing opportunities for offenders and help create safer and positive experiences for participants in sport.

The aim of this project is to produce an international framework that sporting organisations can use to inform the professional development of their Safeguarding in Sport Leads.  LimeCulture is excited to be working with stakeholders from the sport sector across the world and with Professor Mike Hartill.

There are currently a number of organisations and Government agencies around the world delivering or developing training offers for safeguarding lead officers, but there is no academic pathway into the profession.  The framework will aim to provide a consistent and coherent professional development pathway, covering core topics and lead to unification within the profession.  By working with key stakeholders, we will develop an approach for organisations delivering training and recipients of the training to support and implement standardised practice.

If you or your organisation is interested in contributing to this project, please email



LimeCulture launch Strategic Safeguarding in Sport Workshop for Senior Leaders

Hearing the accounts of victims, survivors and those with lived experience of abuse in sport is agonising.  Sport should be a safe place for children, young people and adults at risk to feel part of something good, be in a team, achieve goals and make friends.  We have heard numerous accounts from victims, we have read the headlines and watched the documentaries.

At LimeCulture, we know that abuse in sport not only has a devastating, traumatic and long lasting impact on the victims and their families, but affects their team mates, staff and volunteers.  Long term, participation numbers may be affected and the sport will be impacted by a loss of trust and damage to reputation.

What we need to do now is make meaningful changes and introduce a culture where safeguarding is a priority in sport to limit the opportunities for abuse and start to learn lessons.  Safeguarding needs to be about prevention as well as responding to concerns when they arise but all too often we are poorly prepared when abuse is uncovered. Case Reviews have shown that senior leaders in sporting organisations have enabled abuse to occur through inaction and failures to promote a culture of safeguarding.

Recognising the need to support sports to prioritise safeguarding, LimeCulture has responded to demand from the sport sector by developing a workshop specifically aimed at senior leaders within sports. The aim of the Strategic Safeguarding in Sport Workshop is to support the implementation of safeguarding at the heart of the organisation and to embed participants rights not be to abused.

The workshop is designed to complement the Lead Safeguarding Officer Development Programme – aimed at those whose role it is to manage and oversee safeguarding within sporting organisations.

The Strategic Safeguarding in Sport Workshop is delivered over half a day and will take place on Wednesday  24th November 2021 (9.30am – 12.30pm). This half day workshop will be delivered online using the Zoom platform.  The cost for the workshop is £250 +VAT per person.

To book a place on the next Workshop please use our online booking system or contact Annabel Timmins, Safeguarding in Sport Lead via email ( Maximum number apply so an early booking is recommended.

Please Note- LimeCulture is able to deliver this Workshop to individual organisations (in-house) for senior leadership teams  –  minimum numbers apply.